The Beaver: Canada's history magazine releases results of "worst Canadians" survey

Beaver Magazine Cover - Worst Canadians (CNW Group/Canada's National History Society)


    - On-line voters choose former prime minister Pierre Trudeau as No. 1 -

    WINNIPEG, July 30 /CNW/ - The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine's August
issue hits newsstands today, revealing the results of its quest to determine
"the Worst Canadians" in history.
    The online promotion made international news in May and June and garnered
just under 15 000 write-in votes. Pierre Trudeau topped the publicly voted
list, a result to which many Canadians may take exception. But it provides
further evidence of how polarizing his legacy continues to be among Canadians.
The top 10 list includes 4 prime ministers; 3 convicted criminals; 2 singers;
1 doctor; and 1 former Canadian.
    Dominated by contemporary newsmakers, the public's list contrasted
sharply with an alternate list developed for The Beaver by a panel of 10
prominent Canadian history writers and historians.
    The history panel's list included two other prime ministers John
Diefenbaker and Sir John A. Macdonald; military leaders John Reiffenstein and
Sam Hughes; notorious Japanese army torturer Inouye Kanao, a.k.a. "The
Kamloops Kid"; Indian policy administrators Duncan Campbell Scott and Joseph
Trutch; Nazi Party of Canada founder Adrien Arcand; Winnipeg Daily Times
journalist Edward Farrer, cited for racist writings against the French and
Catholics, and media magnate Lord Beaverbrook.
    "Not surprisingly, our history panel's list provides a more considered
and measured response. They have a deeper perspective of time itself, as well
as the restraint of the discipline in assigning cause and impact to certain
people and events," explained Deborah Morrison, president and chief executive
officer of Canada's National History Society and publisher of the magazine.
"But the survey also provided a rare opportunity to engage the broader public
in developing some of that historical perspective. The project is successful
for the many conversations it has started around kitchen tables, water
coolers, and elsewhere."
    Mark Reid, editor of The Beaver commented on the public survey results
noting "voters generally disliked Canadians who - in their view - turned their
backs on Canada by rejecting their citizenship or moving elsewhere to seek
fame and fortune. Voters also disliked Canadians who - they believed - sold
out our sports teams, businesses, or cultural institutions to foreign
interests, thereby diminishing our collective national identity."
    Profiles of the historian's choices along with the analysis of the
results of the public vote are only available in the print edition of The
Beaver. Copies are available on newsstands starting today. Readers can also
purchase a copy or subscribe to the magazine at www.thebeaver.ca or by
telephone at 1-800-816-6777.The official results of the on-line survey for the public's Top 10 Worst
    Canadians

    1.  Pierre Trudeau
    2.  Chris Hannah
    3.  Henry Morgentaler
    4.  Brian Mulroney
    5.  Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka
    6.  Stephen Harper
    7.  Céline Dion
    8.  Jean Chrétien
    9.  Clifford Olson
    10. Conrad BlackThe opinions expressed herein and the rankings provided are compiled from
votes and comments of visitors to The Beaver's website and not those of The
Beaver, its editorial staff, Canada's National History Society, its Board,
employees or affiliates.

    About Canada's National History Society

    Canada's National History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable
organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history, principally through its
publishing programs. The Beaver: Canada's History magazine is its flagship
program, and began as an Hbc company newsletter in 1920. Today it is Canada's
second oldest consumer magazine with a total distribution of 50,000. In
addition to The Beaver, the History Society also publishes Kayak: Canada's
History Magazine for Kids and produces Canada's top history honours: the
Governor General's Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Canadian History,
and the Pierre Berton Award for achievement in popular media.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview with Deborah
Morrison or Mark Reid contact: Nicole Harris, Maverick Media, (204) 470-4555,
nharris@maverick-media.ca; Linda Onofreychuk, Canada's National History
Society, (204) 988-9300 ext 10, lonofreychuk@historysociety.ca